Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Political Science

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Position Description

McMaster University’s Faculty of Social Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor (or Associate Professor in the case of an exceptional candidate) jointly appointed to the Department of Political Science and the Master of Public Policy in Digital Society program to begin on July 1, 2022.

Applicants must have expertise in public law and digital governance. They must demonstrate an ability to teach courses in Canadian public and/or administrative law as well as digital policy. A record of engagement with external stakeholders will be considered an asset.

The successful applicant will play an integral role within the Master of Public Policy in Digital Society program offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences, where they will teach and contribute to the continued development and growth of the program. They will also have graduate and undergraduate teaching responsibilities in the Department of Political Science.

The successful applicant will have evidence of high-quality scholarly output and excellence in research. They will be expected to carry out an independent research program yielding significant peer-reviewed publications, and to compete successfully for external funding to support this research program.

The successful applicant must have or be very near completion of a PhD in political science, public policy, or a related discipline (including doctoral degrees in law), by the time of the appointment. They will demonstrate strong potential for outstanding teaching contributions at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and an ongoing commitment to academic and pedagogical excellence in support of the Master of Public Policy program and the Department of Political Science.

At the graduate level, the successful applicant will be expected to teach courses as part of the Master of Public Policy in Digital Society program, and will also contribute to the Masters and PhD in Political Science, where they will be expected to supervise graduate students in their areas of research expertise. Teaching contributions will also be expected at the undergraduate level, particularly in the Honours Political Science Specialization in Public Law and Judicial Studies.

McMaster University is a globally renowned institution of higher learning and a research community committed to advancing human and societal health and well-being. McMaster has a vision to achieve international distinction for creativity, innovation, and excellence as a student-centred, research-intensive university. McMaster’s Faculty of Social Sciences comprises over 130 faculty members advancing education and research in collaboration with one or more of the Faculty’s 13 schools, departments and program areas. Its disciplines are preparing societal leaders to respond to economic, political, and cultural shifts in Canada and abroad. Discover more about the Faculty of Social Sciences and the City of Hamilton.

Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengths our research and teaching excellence. In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration, and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity.
The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity and inclusion, who will contribute to the diversification of ideas and perspectives, and especially welcomes applications from First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, members of racialized communities (“visible minorities”), persons with disabilities, women, and persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.
We invite all applicants to complete a brief Diversity Survey as part of the application process. It takes approximately two minutes to complete. All questions are voluntary, with an option to decline to answer. All information collected is confidential and will be used to support efforts to broaden the diversity of the applicant pool and to promote a fair, equitable and inclusive talent acquisition process. Inquiries about the Diversity Survey may be directed to [email protected].
Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact the Office of the Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences at 905-525-9140 ext. 26156 or [email protected] to communicate accommodation needs.

How to Apply:

Please submit the following materials through the University’s electronic portal: www.workingatmcmaster.ca/careers/[Job Opening #41598] by December 6, 2021 to:
Professor Karen Bird
Chair, Department of Political Science
Kenneth Taylor Hall 527
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON L8S 4M4

● a letter of application together with a curriculum vitae (including a description of the impact that career interruptions have had on research productivity, if applicable), research statement including a selection of research publications, and a statement on teaching interests and philosophy (including evidence of teaching effectiveness);
● a brief statement describing the contributions you have made or planned in relation to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion or inclusive excellence in teaching, research, or service within higher education, community-based or other profession settings (2-page maximum);
● the names of at least three referees; letters of reference are not required and will not be reviewed at the application stage; the Department will request letters of recommendation from referees at later stages of the search process.
Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. The effective date of appointment is negotiable, but July 1, 2022 is preferred. All applicants will receive an online confirmation of receipt of their application; however, only short-listed applicants will be contacted for interviews.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University gathers information about applicants’ status as either a permanent resident of Canada or Canadian citizens. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship; however, all applications must include one of the following statements:

Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada

Direct any inquiries about this position to:

Dr. Karen Bird
Chair, Department of Political Science
E-mail: [email protected]

Dr. Clifton van der Linden
Academic Director, Master of Public Policy in Digital Society Program
E-mail: [email protected]

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